Ban Ki-moon demands release of Chibok girls, hails Nigeria political transition


Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
Ban Ki-moon and President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital
Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon has demanded the immediate release of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State on 14, April, 2013.
Ki-moon who is on a two-day visit to Nigeria made the demand after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
The UN Secretary General told journalists that one of the key points of his discussion with the Nigerian President was issues of security, especially the
“intolerable levels of violence and terror perpetrated by ISlamist sect, Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria and beyond.”
While promising that the UN will work together with the Nigerian people to address and counter extremism, Moon noted that this week will mark 500 days of kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls.
While reiterating his support for the abducted girls and others abductees whose name and fate, he noted remains unknown, the UN Secretary General noted that it is intolerable that lives and schooling of the children have been disrupted.
“The whole world has been moved by their fate. I once again call on those responsible to unconditionally release these girls and many others including children,” said Moon.
He also commended the efforts of the President in the revival of the Multi National Joint Task Force as he noted that since terrorism knows no boundary and no bounds, collaboration is indispensable in addressing it.
“The President has led regional engagement efforts and I am hopeful for the rapid operationalisation of the Multi-national joint task force,” Moon said.
He also applauded the President for acknowledging the fact that observation of human rights is important part of counter insurgency operations and that the war against Boko Haram will be conducted with full respects for human rights, humanitarian and refugee laws.
The UN Secretary General also noted that military approach alone would not …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper